> > World-Index-Compression Postulate: The most probable way for the > > output of a random UTM program to be a single qualia, is through > > having a part of the program calculate a Universe, U, that is similar > > to the universe we currently are observing; and then having another > > part of the program search through the universe and pick out a > > substring by using an search algorithm SA(U) that tries to find a > > random sentient being in U and emit his qualia as the final output. > > This sounds kind of complex. Just how do you recognise sentience?
You can't recognize it directly, at least not with a 500-bit subroutine. (Otherwise you could write a 510-bit program that iterates through random substrings and picks the first sentient one, violating the given World-Index-Compression postulate.) But in an ordered world, you might "track down" a human (or other sentient being) within 500 bits with instructions like "keep searching in a straight line, through an unbounded number of light-years, until you bump into something that stands upright, uses grammar, and would get angry if I punched it." (I'm making up these numbers, if I'm close to Realistic Numbers it's just luck and not insight here.) -Rolf --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] To unsubscribe from this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---